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July meeting in Duluth
« on: August 02, 2011, 02:18:16 PM »
On Sunday the we met at the home and shop of Tom Little in Duluth. Tom showed us around his shop and log cabin home which is a great backdrop for the furniture pieces he showed us. Tom also is restoring a wooden sail/rowboat that was built by the father of his friend Frank. From tom's house we traveled over to Superior Wisconsin and the Globe grain elevator. Completed in 1887 and operated for 110 years the elevator was the largest in the world at the time of it's completion. It took 2 to 3000 men 2 years to build these structures which contain over 6 million board feet of white pine lumber. Over 150 tall the side walls must be easily 80 feet straight up, not bad for a stacked lamination! 2  x 10s, 2 x 8s and 2 x 6s were stacked flat and spiked together into bays 12 feet wide. The bays are held together with wrought iron bars in the centers. The elevators are being dismantled and the materials reclaimed and sold, a great source for white pine and wrought iron. I am including links to their website if you want more information or to see more photos.
We left the Globe elevator and went over to Barker's Island to a wooden boat show, some very nice boats! Then off to a late lunch at a restaurant that grows vegetables in their parking lot. Great food! Great meeting! Thanks to Tom!

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Re: July meeting in Duluth
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011, 07:02:05 AM »
Wow, that elevator is impressive! That's a lot of board feet! I guess by modern standards it's just a big fire trap, so I'm glad someone saw the salvage value in all that.

Great photos in their galleries. The stacked laminated walls are amazing. They look extremely dense. I also like the shop-built hydraulic board-separator for getting them apart.
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